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Five Ways to Help a Friend

5 ways to help a friend

How would you respond when a friend says, "I'm pregnant. I'm overwhelmed."

5 Ways to Help a Friend Whom MIght be PregnantRecently I was talking with a woman I’ll call Leslie. Leslie told me that she wished more people knew about Care Net. Then she told me why. Leslie has a friend who had been pregnant and ended her pregnancy.

Leslie knew about Care Net, but didn’t know how to talk with her friend about Care Net when her friend was making her pregnancy decision. She wished she had.

Especially for situations like Leslie’s, we have a little resource called “5 Ways to Help a Friend Whom Might Be Pregnant.”

Here’s how YOU can help:

  • Listen without judging: Many women who are facing an unintended pregnancy expect that some around them may look down on them for how they got into this situation. A listening ear is invaluable and can be rare.
  • Don’t pressure her: Women facing unintended pregnancies often feel pressure from their boyfriend, parents or friends. Support her and let her know you care without adding pressure.
  • Let her know there’s a place she can go for help in Care Net’s First Care Clinic.
  • Be there for her: Invite her to join you for coffee or to call you whenever she needs to talk to continue the conversation. Offer to pray with her and for her.
  • Keep the news to yourself: Don’t share the news with others even in terms of a prayer request. Keep her confidence unless there is a dangerous situation which should be reported.

Here’s how WE can help:

  • Medical services
    • Pregnancy testing
    • Obstetrical ultrasound
    • STI testing and treatment for women
  • Education and support
    • Evidence-based medical education about pregnancy options
    • Pregnancy, childbirth and parenting education
    • Support for men from men
    • Healthy relationships education
    • A listening ear and ongoing support
  • Residential maternity program, The Elizabeth House

We offer all our services confidentially and free of charge.

Don’t keep Care Net a secret! If you know a young woman or man who might be making a pregnancy decision, or perhaps a concerned would be grandparent, listen, be there and spread the word that there is help available!

Download the “5 Ways” bookmark as a reminder – or contact us to ask for copies of this resource.

Rhonda
Rhonda
Rhonda is our clinic's Marketing and Communications Director. She has worked here for 13 years. When not working Rhonda enjoys being outdoors - especially hiking, biking and gardening - and music, reading, and spending time with family.

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